Chain Gang sheriff suffers setback due to those pesky laws

It pays to keep tabs on “America’s Toughest Sheriff.”

This is the guy who set up chain gangs  (that is so 1930s). His deputies were also implicated in the apparent taser-related death of a Latino veteran who was being arrested for assault. And then there’s this. From USA Today:

PHOENIX (AP) – America’s self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff” has been dealt another setback to his immigration enforcement efforts by a federal judge’s ruling that bars deputies from detaining people based solely on the suspicion that they’re in the country illegally.

The ruling issued Friday sets the stage for a possible trial in a lawsuit that alleges racial profiling in the patrols in Arizona’s Maricopa County, and would further limit Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration authority after Washington yanked his federal powers earlier this month.

Lawyers pushing the lawsuit on behalf of five Latino clients also won class-action status that lets other Hispanics join the case if they have been detained and questioned by Arpaio’s deputies as either a driver or passenger in a vehicle since January 2007.

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